Model Health Inquiry was established by the British Fashion Council (BFC) on 23 March 23, 2007 in response to concerns about the health of models on the catwalks at London Fashion We ek. The purpose of the Inquiry is to review current practice and issue clear guidance on the important issues of model health and age so that the British fashion industry can ensure that it is behaving responsibly and in the interest of those models who work in the UK.
Model Health Inquiry's scope are the following:
1. Establish the extent of any health issues, notably in relation to body size and shape, among catwalk models employed at London Fashion Week
2. Look at the casting and selection process of models for work at London Fashion Week
3. Establish the approach taken by other fashion capitals, in particular New York, Paris, Milan and Madrid; and evaluate the effectiveness of those actions
4. Provide guidelines for effective and practical action which might be taken by employers of catwalk models within the UK fashion industry, in order to address any material size related health concerns which the Inquiry identifies
5. Describe how any measures, appropriate to managing the health of London Fashion Week models, would be implemented, enforced and assessed effectively.
The Model Health Inquiry is composed of panel members who were chosen due to their expertise in health and or fashion industry matters and the combined expertise of the Inquiry panel will enable a balanced and measured review of the material research, facts and submitted evidence. The panel members include:
Sarah Doukas - _Founder of Storm Model agency
Betty Jackson - _British fashion designer
Giles Deacon - _British fashion designer
Charlotte Clark - _Co-Director of Inca Productions
Paula Reed - _Style Director of Grazia magazine
Erin O'Connor - _English model
Professor Wendy Dagworthy - _Head of the School of Fashion and Textiles at the Royal College of Art
Dr. Adrienne - Key _Clinical Director, Priory Hospital Eating Disorders Unit-
The Model Health Inquiry has been funded by the London Development Agency.